Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Art of Rustic Chic

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Art of Rustic Chic

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ONCE a major Lycian naval and trading port, Patara in southern Turkey is now a small village better known for its dune-backed 12km white-sand beach -- unusual for this region. In true Turkish style, ruins including a triumphal arch and a necropolis lie to one end.

New to Elixir Holidays, Prima Donna Hotel isn't actually a hotel, strictly speaking, but five air-conditioned lodges with cute kitchenettes with red Smeg fridges set in six acres of shaded woodland overlooking Patara Beach. The decor is an eclectic mix of furniture and a collection of sculptures and objets d'art -- a mannequin reclining poolside being one example.

More expected facilities include a swimming pool surrounded by cabana day beds, the Locanda roof terrace restaurant, an open-air cinema and complimentary quad and mountain bikes.

Seven nights in a lodge with private deck and hot tub from [pounds sterling]1,290pp including return flights, executive transfers, a one-hour couple's massage and one dinner from the "chef's recommended" menu. Book by March 31, elixirholidays.com WEEKEND IDEA The 42-room Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Bath, set in 500 acres of parkland, has a Valentine's Escape two-night package from [pounds sterling]450pp B&B with champagne and rose in room, one three-course dinner in the Michelinstarred The Park restaurant and one in the Brasserie, a cream tea and use of the spa. Available from February 11-16.

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